Do you have gut reactions? Are you an airhead? Do you have a leg to stand on or are you understanding? How about some butterﬂies in your stomach or bats in your belfry? How about reaching out when you need a helping hand or kicking some butt when you need to get something done?
Ever have a pain in the neck or backside that doesn't actually hurt (not that it isn't frustrating)? Do you listen when your body is talking to you and do you talk some bodytalk when you’re talking?!
Have you ever noticed that when you feel depressed your body takes on that hang dog posture with slumped shoulders? Try lengthening the front of your body to open your diaphragm so you can take a deep breath. You may ﬁnd you feel more inspired. How about the next time you’re feeling unconﬁdent you take a stand on both feet at least shoulder width apart and put your hands on your hips just like Superman. Stand there for a couple of minutes and breathe; you might be surprised by how much your conﬁdence soars. You may even be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound :-)
Do you reach out for what you want and need? You could try lifting your arms and reaching out for a hug when you could use some nurturing or see someone you care about looking like they could use some support. When you feel angry and feel like striking out, maybe throwing a ball or slamming a few doors will help to calm you down before you say or do something you regret.
I think you get the idea by now that our bodies and emotions are intimately connected. There is a theory that we have emotion stored in our bodies. During a Hellerwork session it is not uncommon for a client to have an emotional response or a recalled memory. Letting go physically often leads to letting go emotionally as well. It works both ways of course.
Have you ever noticed after an emotional outburst that your body feels lighter, emptier, drained? Hellerwork Practitioners are not psychotherapists but we are well trained to create a safe space so that whatever feelings come up in a session are okay. I think that stuffed emotions take a physical toll on us. I suspect that we have to feel our emotions one way or the other. Physical pain is not the way I want to feel my emotions. How about you?
There is interesting research going on in the area of the ideas I’m presenting to you today. I highly recommend that you take the time to watch a TED talk called Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are.
I am fascinated by how changing our body posture changes our biochemistry.
by Valarie Keaton, LMP Certiﬁed Hellerwork Practitioner